Oxford Companion to World War II

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Oxford University Press, UK, Oct 25, 2001 - Reference - 1062 pages
This book, first published in hardback in 1995 and now appearing for the first time in paperback, has established itself an authoritative reference work covering a wide breadth of topics on all things associated with World War II. Written by over 140 international contributors, experts in their own fields, the entries cover topics such as strategy, politics, weapons, tactics, logistics, economics, and society. - ;'The Oxford Companion to the Second World War, by virtue of its scale, its range and its scholarship, is an outstanding guide, as sensible and cogent on the big questions as it is instructive and informed on the lesser ones.' HEW STRACHAN, TLS 'indispensable...unlikely to be superseded this century' JOHN KEEGAN, Daily Telegraph 'easy to use, solid of fact, perceptive and judicious' JOHN ERICKSON, Times Higher 'It will immediately take its place as the indispensable reference book for students of the second world war.' GORDON LEE, The Economist 'a magnificent volume and an invaluable resource' J. A. CRANG, The Historical Association These are just a few of the review quotes generated by the Companion when it was published in hardback in 1995. World War II was a war that affected the whole world and reached into every aspect of existence. It was a war which touched all nations, penetrated all aspects of people's lives, and which helped shape the world today. Over 140 distinguished and internationally renowned contributors have written over 1750 entries covering the very wide-ranging topics that make up the single subject of World War II. Entries include: surveys of major countries: France, Germany, Australia, India, USA, Japan, including sections in each about domestic life, culture, economics, government, resistance, and defence colonial possessions and less major players: British Central Africa, British Cameroons, Dutch East Indies, Latvia, Libya, Slovakia campaigns: East Africa campaign, Burma campaign, Normandy campaign, Fezzan campaigns, Western desert campaigns battles: battle of the River Plate, battle of East China Sea, battle of Kasserine Pass military operations: FALL GELB, BARBAROSSA, OVERLORD types of warfare: electronic, chemical, economic, signals intelligence wartime leaders: Stalin, Hitler, Churchill, Roosevelt, Mussolini, Hirohito politics and strategy: Grand Alliance, the Final Solution, the atomic bomb design, development and use of machines and weapons: tanks, submarines, rockets, battleships, anti-tank weapons, human torpedoes, Baka bombs organisations associated with the war: Arab League, Force K, Hitler Youth, Cossacks places made famous in the war: Dachau, Bletchley Park, Nagasaki slogans and phrases: wavy navy, Bevin Boys, Big Red One, jerry cans, Blackshirts -

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A compilation of quick references dealing with WWII. The texts are well written but the maps are not very useful overall. If one has a good Atlas of the War , be prepared to consult that as well. Not perfect as a one-volume reference, but pretty good, as it was a very large war. Read full review

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User Review  - marcares - LibraryThing

It is essentially a thick book filled with facts and figures but not comprehensive per item wise, about the WW 2. It comes in useful when one wants to do a quick reference on the war period or a leisurely reading cum information digestion. Read full review

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About the author (2001)

I. C. B Dear (General Editor). After serving as a regular officer in the Royal Marines, Ian Dear worked in book publishing for 16 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1979. He has written and edited a number of books on maritime and military subjects. M. R. D. Foot (Consultant Editor). Michael Foot is an historian and former wartime intelligence officer. He was professor of modern history at Manchester University (1967-73) and has been involved with a number of works, including writing many books on the SOE and editing the first four volumes of the Gladstone Diaries.

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